Day 13: Breakthrough In My Family

Acts 16:31-34

And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.” And they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all who were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night and washed their wounds; and he was baptized at once, he and all his family. Then he brought them up into his house and set food before them. And he rejoiced along with his entire household that he had believed in God.

My Breakthrough Thought:
Do you recall the physics principle of inertia? A refresher: An object at rest tends to stay at rest, and an object in motion tends to stay in motion, until a force acts on it sufficient to move or stop it. In other words, if you’re stuck in neutral, it can be hard to get going. Gravity and friction are conspiring against you.

This is acutely true for parents, and spouses. Many of whom have said to us, “I just don’t know where to start.” They want to be engaged and active. They’re just stuck.

If this is you, take heart. The forces acting against you can be easily overcome. The big secret: Begin.

I know, that’s an amazing insight. You’re welcome.

You just need to start. Somewhere. Anywhere. Right where you are. God promises to give us His Holy Spirit to guide us along all of life’s path.

Let’s say, for example, you want to become a more engaged dad, but your history of ambivalence is hanging around your neck like a millstone. You’ve given in to thoughts like these:

“I’d love to pray for my kids, but I’ve never done it before. I’m afraid they’ll think it’s weird.”
“I’d like to be more engaged in their lives, but I’ve been so disconnected in the past. If I start prying into their lives, they’ll push back.”
“I want to lead my children spiritually, but I’m no Bible genius. They’ll quickly find my soft spots and unmask me as a fraud.”
You know what? All these might be true. They might wonder, resist, or point out how sorry your feeble efforts are. That could happen.

But the beautiful part – when they do – and you welcome their skepticism or critique – it actually opens their hearts even more.

Our family members don’t need us to be flawless. They just need us to be authentic. They need us to make an honest effort. They will see right through any fake façade. But they may also warm right up to any genuine attempt to lead.

My Breakthrough Prayer Today:

Jesus, the most important relationships I have other than you, is my family. I ask that you would cover my entire family today and protect them from anything that might keep them from serving your with their whole heart. Jesus, break through anything that currently hinders them, and I ask that you draw them to you today. Amen!”

Exodus 20:16; Psalm 127:3-5; Proverbs 22:6; Ephesians 5:22-33; 6:1-4; 1 Timothy 5:8